New York Yankee Player Profiles: Jordan Montgomery to anchor the rotation?

New York Yankees, Jordan Montgomery

 

The New York Yankees Jordan Montgomery is another Yankee player that has kept much of his private life private. The 27-year-old was born in Sumter, South Carolina. Monty is tall, 6’6′, and weighs 225 pounds. He played baseball as a boy. When in Sumter High School, he played baseball, and, in his senior year was named the state’s player of the year.

After high school, he enrolled in the University of South Carolina. He played for the South Carolina Gamecocks, where he again received awards, this time Freshman of the week and Freshman All-American. He played well enough in college to warrant the attention of major league baseball scouts.

In the 2014 major league baseball draft, Jordon Montgomery was selected in the fourth round by our Yankees. After his college year, the New York Yankees limited his pitching to 19 innings as he went 1-1 with an ERA of 3.79. In 2015 Jordan was promoted to the Charleston River Dogs, but shortly thereafter he was promoted again to the Florida State League for the advanced A Tampa Yankees. Montgomery’s pitching continued to impress the Yankees, and in 2016, he began the season with the Trenton Thunder but was soon promoted to the AAA Scranton Wilkes/Barre Rail Riders. While there, he pitched the triple-A National Championship game in which he won for the Rail Riders.

On April 12, 2017, Monty was promoted to the major leagues, where he made his New York Yankees debut against the Tampa Bay Rays in a no-decision outing. In his second game, he earned his first major league win against the Chicago White Sox. On June 9th, he pitched a career-high seven innings while striking out eight against the Orioles. Prior to the All-Star Break, Montgomery pitched to a 3.65 ERA, striking out 87 batters in 91 and third innings. On July 25, he took a no-hitter into the sixth inning against the Reds. In 29 starts in 2017, Montgomery finished with a 9-7 record and a 3.88 ERA.

After six starts when he was 2-0 with an ERA of 3.86. on May 1, he left a game against the Astros with elbow tightness. He was put on the IL and it was discovered that he had a flexor strain and that he would be out 6-8 weeks. But in June other problems arose and he was scheduled to have Tommy John surgery which typically takes a year to a year and a half to recover from. In 2019 he started the season on the 60 days IL and has been recovering from the surgery. Recently his recovery accelerated with him pitching in rehab games. Boone has let it go slow with him, so he could gain full pitching strength as well as extending him in innings.

Montgomery has two nicknames, “Gumby” that he got in college and “Monty” used by many of his fellow players. He has two older Brothers. He has received many awards in his short career: Other than the awards mentioned earlier he has received the Pitcher of the Week twice, once for the Dogs and once for Trenton, Baseball America double-A All-Star, and Postseason All-Star while at Trenton among others.

Last year Monty recovered well enough to pitch in relief in two games for a total of four innings.  His career average ERA is 3.91.  Any MLB pitcher that can keep his ERA below four, can have a successful career in baseball.  During spring training earlier this year he started one game and was used in relief in three games for a total of 11 innings in which he allowed five runs.  With the exit of Luis Severino to Tommy John surgery, Montgomery will be in the five spot of the New York Yankees pitching rotation at least as the start of the season.

New York Yankees news, 5/15/20: Jordan Montgomery finally healthy, Brian Cashman optimistic about 2020 season

New York Yankees, Jordan Montgomery

The top New York Yankees’ links of the day:

Dan Martin | New York Post: The New York Yankees missed Jordan Montgomery during the 2019 season as he recovered from Tommy John surgery. He made a few appearances last September and looked good during the spring before the MLB inevitably shut down operations due to the coronavirus pandemic. He’s expected to enter the frame once things return to normal, as a middling starter in the pitching rotation. He will slide in alongside Gerrit Cole, Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton, and J.A. Happ. There’s also the Domingo German suspension that will inevitably come to an end at some point. However, Montgomery hasn’t pitched a large sample size of innings in two years and must prove himself if he is to solidify a spot in the starting rotation.

Brendan Kuty | NJ.com: With Major League Baseball fighting on all fronts to return to action in the coming weeks, New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman feels optimistic things could be back to relative normalcy.

“I can’t promise anything, but am I optimistic?” Cashman said Thursday morning. “I’m optimistic.”

The team owners and players are fighting about financials before anything is set in stone, and while they’re attempting to find a middle-ground, things are complicated on both sides. The owners don’t want to play full player’s salaries if they’re going to be playing fewer games, and the players want to make as much money as possible. Essentially, a pro-rated contract is on the table for players, but they don’t want to take a significant pay-cut.

“I am optimistic,” he said. “I don’t represent the players and the (players’) association. Obviously there’s a lot of hurdles that everyone’s trying to navigate here, and certainly trying to find common ground appropriately with the Players Association is one of those things and obviously the commissioner of baseball and his team are having honest, frank conversations and negotiations … I’m optimistic that where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

The New York Yankees are expecting big things from Jordan Montgomery

New York Yankees, Jordan Montgomery

The New York Yankees rotation, thankfully, has it all. It has Gerrit Cole, the star in his prime; it has James Paxton and Masahiro Tanaka, the talented veterans looking to rebound and return to their highest performance level; and it has J.A. Happ, the experienced southpaw in the twilight of his career. It has young, unproven guns in Clarke Schmidt and Deivi Garcia, as well.

However, there is a unique element, different than the rest: Jordan Montgomery, a talented lefty in the prime of his career looking to show his best stuff after a lengthy injury layoff. He actually returned last year, but only for a handful of innings. With the Yankees boasting so many arms for 2021 and beyond (let’s remember that, in 2021, both Luis Severino and Domingo German will be part of the rotation, with the former presumably at full speed and without restrictions) Montgomery needs to perform so he can be a part of the New York Yankees’ future.

Of course, he has several things going in his favor. He is young at 27 years old, not to mention controllable – he is a free agent after the 2023 season – and talented. In 2017, his first and so far last full, healthy season, he had a 3.88 ERA in 155.1 frames, with a healthy 2.82 K/BB ratio.

The Yankees’ rotation stabilizer

The Yankees, in Montgomery, have a high-floor starter who may not have the highest of ceilings, but is talented enough to be a sub-4.00 ERA performer for the duration of his controllable years. He looked good in the two appearances he had last year in September and in the abbreviated 2020 spring training.

Montgomery will, most likely, be part of the future Yankees, given that Tanaka, Paxton and (presumably) Happ’s contracts will expire after the 2020 season.

So far, Aaron Boone has shown faith in his lefty arm. “He has been good all spring,’’ he said in March. “From his bullpens, to uptick in velocity, he was really good. The way he was able to finish, too. … The curveball was good and the changeup was really good.’’

The increase in velocity is a great sign for the left-hander, and it will help him improve his fastball, which is actually one of his worst offerings.

“He’s got some good weapons and he knows how to use them,’’ one AL scout said according to the New York Post.

“And he doesn’t seem afraid out there. I think watching CC [Sabathia] and some of the other veterans when he came up helped him.’’

“He only threw [four] innings when he came back last year, but he had good command this spring,’’ he said.

Yankees’ official impressed “big time” with Happ and Montgomery before spring training ended

The New York Yankees‘ spring training was going smoothly when MLB had to halt things because of concerns about the rapid spread of the coronavirus. The team’s stars were tuning up for a shot at the World Series championship in the fall, and everything was going according to the plan.

COVID-19 made MLB suspend the season indefinitely, and other leagues took a similar route. Right now, MLB and the players’ association are examining scenarios for baseball to return in the next few weeks, but there are many challenges.

For the Yankees’ vice president of baseball operations Tim Naehring, two starting pitchers were standing above the rest: J.A. Happ and Jordan Montgomery. Since Paxton had back surgery in February and Luis Severino underwent Tommy John and the team announced he would miss the season, the Yankees needed the pair of lefties to come through, and they were on the verge of doing it if spring performance is any indication.

Not that spring training stats need to be taken too seriously, but both Happ and Montgomery were looking very sharp.

“Those two stood out big-time for me,” Naehring told the YES Network’s Meredith Marakovits this week, cited by NJ.com.

Yankees’ lefties were dealing

Happ was 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA in four starts when the action was halted. He had accumulated 16 strikeouts against only one base on balls in 13 innings.

Happ struggled in 2019, when he posted an ugly 4.91 and the worst HR/9 mark in the major leagues. However, his final six starts (2-0, 2-23 ERA) provided a glimpse of hope.

“Thought he picked up where he left off the last six or seven weeks of last season,” Naehring said. “Thought he came in with what looked to be great laser focus, crisp stuff. Great to see.”

Montgomery returned from Tommy John surgery last year to pitch a few innings. In 2020’s abbreviated spring training, he threw 11 frames of a 4.09 ERA, with 16 Ks to his name.

“Montgomery, I thought, threw the ball very well,” the VP said. “The command. The changeup. So, looking at the impact of on the (26-man roster), those stood out big-time for me.”

New York Yankees’ pitcher Jordan Montgomery in favor of playing the season in Arizona

The New York Yankees were supposed to be playing MLB games by now. In fact, the season was scheduled to start on March 26, but because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, most professional leagues and circuits around the world had to halt their operations. We are currently in a wait-and-see approach as there are discussions to play all games in Arizona in a matter of weeks.

While that doesn’t seem realistic as of now, given that the United States is the country with the most cases and deaths associated with the COVID-19, the league is currently considering a plan that would have all teams, including the Yankees, play a shortened schedule in the desert. Another idea is to play in Arizona and Florida with spring training divisions, but that one lost a little traction, it seems.

The Arizona plan would include sequestering all clubs in Arizona for the entire season, putting them on a bubble to try and avoid further spreading of the virus. However, it would prevent players from seeing their families for months.

Recently, Adam Ottavino said that while he didn’t have many details about the plan, he would be on board because he wants to return to the field as soon as possible. Now, lefty Jordan Montgomery also said that he would support such a plan.

The Yankees’ starter offered his support

The left-hander, slated to start the season as the Yankees’ fifth starter, wrote a column in the New York Post explaining why he is on board with the idea.

“I’m getting more optimistic that we’re going to have a baseball season this year after hearing Dr. Anthony Fauci say we could have a season without fans. I don’t think they would release that statement without it being a real possibility. I think it’s going to happen sooner or later. … I’d be fine with the “Arizona plan” of keeping us all in Phoenix-area hotels and transporting us from there to the ballparks and back. That’s basically what I’m doing now, except we’d be playing baseball. I’d be really excited about it,” he wrote.

New York Yankees’ catcher Kyle Higashioka has also stated he would be on board with the project. However, other MLB stars such as Mike Trout and former Yankee Mark Teixeira are among the many voices in the opposition.

New York Yankees: Why J.A. Happ can be the dark knight for the Yankees in 2020

New York Yankees, J.A. Happ

With the injury plague hitting the New York Yankees once again this off-season, they have begun to shift their hope in players that struggled or were absent in 2019. Options like Jordan Montgomery and JA Happ are both expected to play significant roles in the upcoming season, whenever that actually begins.

The MLB stated that Opening Day is at least eight weeks away and that the return date cannot be confirmed just yet. However, we can begin to evaluate the players on the roster and take a look at those that can rebound in 2020.

The New York Yankees need J.A. Happ to return to his former self:

The 37-year-old starter was atrocious in 2019, and he earned $17 million. He posted a 4.91 ERA with 140 strikeouts over 161.1 innings. Compared to his 2018 campaign, Happ saw a 1.30 increase in his ERA and allowed seven more home runs in 16 fewer innings. However, he has started off 2020 strong, posting a 1.38 ERA during spring training over 13 innings. He allowed just one home run and logged 16 strikeouts.

The Yankees desperately need him to return to his former self, especially with Luis Severino set to miss the entire 2020 campaign. Injuries have restricted the solidification of the starting rotation, but the pushback of Opening Day will give No. 2 starter James Paxton ample time to recover and hopefully be ready for the start of the regular season.

I anticipate Happ sliding in as the fourth man in the rotation, behind Gerrit Cole, Paxton, and Masahiro Tanaka. Ultimately, this unit is far more durable than the Yankees’ group in 2019, considering they added Cole, on a nine-year, $324 million contract.

Having a healthy Ace is extremely important, as they progressed in 2019 without Severino for a majority of the season. He will now miss an entire year after succumbing to Tommy John surgery, which will force players like Happ and Montgomery to take a more stable and significant role.

Last off-season, the Yankees refrain from using Happ at all, as he was inconsistent and a liability as a starter. This is his chance to make the most of the final year on his contract with the Bombers.

New York Yankees: Yankee pitchers bounce back despite losing to the Jays!

New York Yankees lose to the Blue Jays 4-2

The New York Yankees met the Toronto Blue Jays today at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida.  Starting for the Yankees was Gerrit Cole, who got pounded for back to back homers twice in two innings and gave up six runs in his outing.  MLB.com’s Bryan Hock: The damage was primarily inflicted by Travis Demeritte and Miguel Cabrera, who hit back-to-back homers against him in the first inning and then repeated the feat in the second. For what it’s worth, Cole indicated that he had a fever earlier in the week that he thought “might have been strep.”  Today he would look to bounce back in his start against Tanner Roark and the Toronto Blue Jays.

As Cole came out for his first inning of work, it was in the upper seventies and under partly cloudy skies with a light wind. Cole faced Billy McKinney who struck out, Randal Grichuk reached on a liner that wasn’t handled by Torres.  Grichuk advanced on a wild pitch, Cavan Biggio struck out, and Vladmir Guerrero Jr. singled up the middle scoring Grichuk for the Jay’s one-run lead.  Joe Panik gave Cole his third strikeout of the inning.  At the bottom, DJ LeMahieu struck out looking, Brett Gardner flew out, and Gleyber Torres struck out.  Blue Jays 1, Yankees 0.

After mishandling a catch in the first, Torres started the second with a throwing error taking Voit off the base and allowing Hernandez a single.  McGuire flew out, Burns struck out, and Fisher struck out for Cole’s fifth knock out of the game.  In the bottom, Voit flew out, Andujar flew out, and Higashioka hit a foul to right that was caught, and the Yankee went down in order. At the third McKinney ground out, Grichuk struck out, and Biggio flew out to Gardner.  At the bottom of the third Herrera flew out, Gittens struck out, and Granite struck out while Jay pitching faced the minimum number of hitters in the game.

Cole out in the top and got Vlad to ground out and his day was over striking out six in 3.1 innings.  Dan Otero replaced him giving up a triple to Joe Panik.  Hernandez few out, and McGuire singled driving in Panik. Burns than doubled moving McGuire to third.  The ended the inning stranding two but picked up a run for the Jays 2-0 lead. Roark, who retired 9 Yankees in a row, allowed DJ to double on his first pitch of the inning.  Gardner popped a short one to the infield and was out, but DJ moved to third.  Torres sac flew and DJ scored for the first Yankee run.  Voit ground out for the Jays 2 Yankees 1 score.

Jordan Montgomery in the fifth got McKinny to strikeout, Grichuk flew out, and Biggio ground out.  Shun Yamaguchi pitched the bottom.  Andujar singled, Higgy ground out and Andujar moved into scoring position. Herrera flew out to center, and Gitten struck out.  Monty at the top of the sixth got all three Jays to fly out. Granite lined to first in the bottom, DJ ground to short, and Gardner got the first walk of the ballgame.  Torres hitting, Gardner stole second, Torres flew way out to the track standing Gardner and the score remained Jays 2 Yanks 1.

Back in the seventh, Monty got all Jay out in a 3 up and 3 down half.  At the bottom, Voit struck out, Andujar ground out, and Higgy hit his team-leading third home run of the season to tie up the score.  At the top of the eighth Monty for his third inning, and struck out the side, putting down 12 Jays in a row.  Gaviglio pitched the bottom, getting Gittens to strike out for the third time.  Amburgey ground out, and Wagner ground out keeping the game tied at 2.

At the ninth reliever, Ben Heller allowed a walk to De Los Santos and Santiago Espinal homered for the Jays 4-2 lead.  Conine struck out, Cantwell singled and moved to second on a wild pitch by Heller.  Williams struck out and MattWivinis replaced Heller and got Pruitt to fly out.  With last licks for the Yankees in the bottom, they faced Ty Tice.  Lockridge flew out, Castillo singled, Park got a base hit, Aguilar struck out, and Donny Sands ground out, leaving two Yankees on base for the final score of Toronto Blue Jays 4 and Yankees 2.

Take-a-ways:

There were two big take-a-ways in the game despite the Yankee loss.  In their last outing, both Gerrit Cole and Jordan Montgomery got hammered.  Today was a different story with both pitchers bouncing back big time.  Cole allowed one run in 3.1 innings while getting 6 k’s.  Montgomery did not give up a run in four innings of work while putting down 12 Jays in a row at one point.  The other take-a-way is that Kyle Higashioka has pretty well sealed the deal on being the starting backup catcher for the Yankees.  Before today, he had the team leading two home runs and hit another long ball in this game. The winning pitcher was Gaviglio; the loser was Yankee Ben Heller, who gave up two runs in the ninth. During the game, Gary Sanchez tested positive for the Flu.

 

 

New York Yankees Opening Day Predictions: Pitching

New York Yankees, Gerrit Cole

As we inch our way closer and closer to the start of the regular season, speculations abound about who will cut the New York Yankees. With Severino, Paxton, and German all-seeing delays to their seasons (in Severino’s case, completely losing 2020), it’ll be interesting to see just how the team constructs their rotation between now and the end of German’s suspension.

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Don’t Go the Opener Route

The Yankees have been out in the open over their embrace of analytics. Which is why it was so confusing to see the Yankees (or any team) go the route of the opener. The opener runs completely against the notion of analytics in any professional sport. Throughout a 162 game season, you’re going to rest a reliever for throwing an inning of work on three consecutive nights. If this happens the night before an opener appearance, you set yourself back for the opener, as opener starts are all hands on deck, ever 4th or 5th day in 162 games. Their bullpen has been overused in 3 consecutive seasons, giving out during the playoffs when we need them the most. Treat the pen like a bullpen, and we’ll get back to the fall classic.

The Gimmies

Gerrit Cole is starting for the Yankees. He’s the best starting pitcher in baseball, and look at all the money the Yankees gave him?! Barring the start against the Tigers, he’s having an excellent Spring Training.

Masahiro Tanaka is also a gimme. The 7-year veteran loses his effectiveness around the All-Star break, and with the lack of depth in our rotation from last year makes the final year of his deal a necessity that he started.

JA Happ is having an excellent spring. So much so that people are forgetting entirely about how lackluster he was last season. If he can carry this into the regular season till, about, June, that’s all we need from him.

Jordan Montgomery is performing beyond expectations. I was surprised to see how much the Yankees are letting Monty cut loose, but it’s necessary for not only his development but the security of the rotation depends on it.

Can Garcia Make the Jump?

Deivi Garcia was spared the first round of cuts, putting him squarely in the fight between him, Loaisiga, and Cessa for the 5th spot in the rotation. Garcia ended 2019 in Scranton, but can he impress enough in the last few starts of the spring to leapfrog staples in the pen-like Loaisiga and Cessa? Or will this be Luis Cessa’s opportunity to show what he truly has as a starter? I think it will ultimately boil down to those two.

Let’s see what happens in the next 2.5 weeks.

Yankees Player Profile: Jordan Montgomery, an opportunity to shine

Jordan Montgomery is another Yankee player that has kept much of his private life private. The 26-year-old was born in Sumter, South Carolina. Monty is tall, 6’6′, and weighs 225 pounds. He played baseball as a boy. When in Sumter High School, he played baseball and in his senior year, was named the state’s player of the year. After high school, he enrolled in the University of South Carolina. He played for the South Carolina Gamecocks, where he again received awards, this time Freshman of the week and Freshman All-American. He played well enough in college to warrant the attention of major league baseball scouts.

In the 2014 major league baseball draft, Montgomery was selected in the fourth round by the New York Yankees. After his college year, the Yankees limited his pitching to 19 innings as he went 1-1 with an ERA of 3.79. In 2015 Jordan was promoted to the Charleston River Dogs, but shortly thereafter, he was promoted again to the Florida State League for the advanced A Tampa Yankees. Montgomery’s pitching continued to impress the Yankees, and in 2016 he began the season with the Trenton Thunder but was soon promoted to the AAA Scranton Wilkes/Barre Rail Riders. While there, he pitched the triple-A National Championship game in which he won for the Rail Riders.

On April 12, 2017, Monty was promoted to the major leagues, where he made his Yankee debut against the Tampa Bay Rays in a no-decision outing. His second game, he earned his first major league win against the Chicago White Sox. On June 9, he pitched a career-high seven innings while striking out eight against the Orioles. Prior to the All-Star Break, Montgomery pitched to a 3.65 ERA, striking out 87 batters in 91 1/3 innings. On July 25, he took a no-hitter into the sixth inning against the Reds. In 29 starts in 2017, Montgomery finished with a 9-7 record and a 3.88 ERA.

After six starts when he was 2-0 with an ERA of 3.86. On May 1, he left a game against the Astros with elbow tightness. He was put on the IL, and it was discovered that he had a flexor strain and that he would be out 6-8 weeks. But in June, other problems arose, and he was scheduled to have Tommy John surgery, which typically takes a year to a year and a half to recover from. In 2019 he started the season on the 60 day IL and had been recovering from the surgery.  As the year progressed, his recovery accelerated with him pitching in rehab games. Boone has let it go slow with him, so he could gain full pitching strength, as well as extending him in innings.

When Montgomery was finally ready to pitch in real games in 2019, it was already September; he made his first start against the Blue Jays on September 15.  He threw 41 pitches in two innings and gave up three runs in the Yankee loss.  His only other game was on the 24th, he also threw 41 pitches in that game, which the Yankees also lost, but Monty did not give up any runs to the Tampa Bay Rays.

Montgomery has an enormous opportunity this year and an almost assured place in the starting rotation due to the back surgery on James Paxton, who will not return until May at the earliest, and the season-ending  Tommy John surgery to ace Luis Severino.  Previous to yesterday’s game against the Tigers (March 5), he had already appeared in two spring training games in which he pitched a total of four innings while not giving up any runs.  In yesterday’s Tiger game, he was shelled for four home runs in three innings of work in the Yankees 15-11 loss.  When manager Aaron Boone was asked if he was worried, he responded:

“Yeah, I think he … what he’s shown us, where he’s at physically, how he’s throwing the ball coupled with his track record already,’’ Aaron Boone said when asked if Montgomery was a lock for a rotation spot. “This is a guy that’s already had a really strong big-league season under his belt. So I’m excited about where he is and feel like he’s very much solidifying himself.’’

The game in Lakeland, Florida, at Joker Marchand Stadium, was a home run derby as the wind was blowing quite strongly (15-20mph) to center.  There was a total of eleven home runs in the game, nine of them by the Tigers.  After the match Monty was asked if he thought the wind had an effect:

“Two of them were good pitches. Obviously, you have to pitch to the wind, and I am not very happy about it,’’ Montgomery said.  “I have been trying to get my work done,’’ Montgomery said. “I believe when I get locked in my stuff will play.’’

Montgomery will embrace this chance, and try to make a name for himself this season while pitching with ace Gerrit Cole, Masahiro Tanaka, and others in the hopes of another World Championship.  There are no scandals attached to his personal life.  He is not married but is romantically involved with a young woman that he has been going with for over a year.  Keeping with his private nature, her name is unknown.  He has several photos of them together on his twitter account during the past year but was always careful not to include her name.  He, to date, spends his offseasons in South Carolina.  It is known that they both love long walks on the beach with his dog.

Montgomery has two nicknames, “Gumby” that he got in college and “Monty” used by many of his fellow players. He has two older Brothers. He has received many awards in his short career: Other than the awards mentioned earlier, he has received the Pitcher of the Week twice, once for the Dogs and once for Trenton, Baseball America double-A All-Star, and Postseason All-Star while at Trenton among others.  This year Monty has a golden opportunity to shine and make a major league career for himself.

New York Yankees: Gerrit Cole and Jordan Montgomery get hammered in loss to Tigers

New York Yankees, Gerrit Cole

Today’s New York Yankees game was at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Florida, where the Yankees meet the Detroit Tigers for a 1:05 pm game. The game-time temperature as quite warm at 87 degrees and also quite windy under Partly Cloudy skies.  RHP Casey Mise started for the Tigers, and he faced Mike Tauchman, who had yet to get a hit this spring.  Mike ground out,  Gio Urshela, and Miguel Andujar both struck out for an easy first for Mise.  Gerrit Cole took the mound, and even though it was an away park, he received applause when he was announced.  Victor Reyes immediately got a leadoff double off Cole.  Travis Demeritte homered for the 2-1 early Tiger lead.  Veteran Miguel Cabrera followed with back to back homers. Christin Stewart struck out, Candelario ground out in a Cole assisted out.  Brandon Dixon walked, and Jordy Mercer struck out on Cole’s 27th pitch of the inning.

At the second, Mise faced Gary Sanchez, Clint Frazier, and Kyle Higashioka.  Sanchez walked, Frazier ground into a double play.  Higashioka also ground out to end the half.  Cole back out for the second faced Jake Rogers, who singled.  Willi Castro struck out, Reyes flew out, and Demeritte hit a triple off the wall scoring Rogers for the 4-0 Tiger lead. Cabrera followed by hitting his second long shot as Cole got hammered, 6-0 Tigers.

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Alex Faedo came out in the third for the Tigers and allowed a double to the spring training Yankee star Rosell Herrera.  Thairo Estrada struck out, Trey Amburgey was out swinging, and Tauchman and Urshela walked to load the bases for Andujar, who made his first appearance defending first base today.  Miguel goes to the wall driving in 2 runs for the Yankees and knocking Faedo out of the game.  Baez took over fore Faedo facing Gary Sanchez, who struck out swinging ending the Yankee threat and leaving two on base. Brooks Kriske took over for Cole and got Candelario to fly out to Frazier.  Dixon followed with a homer to center for the Tigers 5th homer of the game.  Mercer singled on a ball that was misplayed at first by Andujar.  Rogers struck out, and Castro lined out for the final out.  Tigers 7 Yankees 2.

John Schreiber pitched for the Tigers in the fourth and got Frazier to ground out.  Higgy got his first homer of camp, making it 7-3 Tigers. Rosell Herrera doubled for the second time in the game.  Herrera goes to third on a failed put out.  Estrada ground out driving in Herrera.  Amburgey, Tauchman, and Urshela all walked on 13 pitches, loading the bases with Yankees.  New Tiger pitcher was Blackwood.  Andujar struck out, looking leaving three Yankees on base.  At the bottom, Jordan Montgomery pitched to Reyes who flew out, Demeritte struck out, and Cabrera struck out for the quick Montgomery half.  Tigers 7 Yankees 4.

Pitching at the top of the fifth was Matt Manning.  Sanchez struck out, Frazier singled, Higgy hit his second home run of the day, Tigers 7-6. Herrera walked for his third on base.  Estrada doubled driving in Herrera for the tied game. Amburgey, out at first by Estrada, made it to third.  Tauchman singed driving in Estrada for the Yankee lead.  Tauchman was caught stealing to end the inning, Yankees 8 Tigers 7.  Candelario homered in the bottom to tie the score back up at 8.

Manning was back out for the sixth.  Urshela struck out, Andujar ground out, and Sanchez ground out for the third out.  Monty gave Rogers a homer to lead off the bottom.  Castro flew out, and Azocar homered to center for the second home run for the Tigers. Bonifacio doubled; Policelli also homered to left, making it 12-8 Tigers. Woodrow flew out.  Lugo singled on a Yankee error.  Schwindel struck out, but the Tigers picked up four runs. At the end of six, it was 12-8 Tigers.

In the seventh Gittens ground out, Higgy ground out, and Thole reached on a line drive off Cabrera’s glove.  Estrada stuck out to end the half. In the Tiger half, Luis Cessa gave up another two runs caused by a triple by Alcantara.  Gibson singled driving in the 15th Tiger run.  Heading to the 8th,  Stowers struck out, Ben reached when hit by a pitch, Aguilar lined out, Lockridge singled, and Duran tripled driving in two Yankee runs.  Gittens struck out, but the Yankees pulled closer, Tigers 15, Yankees 10.  At the bottom of the eight failed to score against Cessa.

With last licks for the Yankees in the ninth Sawyer ground out, Thole flew out, and Castillo as the last hope for the Yankees kept them alive with a two-out double.  Stowers in his second at-bat popped one to no man’s land in center driving in Castillo, getting the Yankees one run closer.  Ruta flew out to right, and that was the ball game.  Final score Tigers 15 Yankees 11.

This was a battle for both teams.  Cole got hammered, giving up six runs in his two-inning outing.  Montgomery gave up 4 runs in his two innings. Lessa gave up 3 long balls. At one point, the Yankees fought their way back to an 8-8 tie, but then Monty gave his four runs.  This was a homer-happy game with the wind blowing out, but the Tigers took better advantage of it hitting 9 long balls.  Both Yankee home runs were hit by catcher Kyle Higashioka.  The winning pitcher was Manning, and the loser, Montgomery.